Kyle Busch Wins the Food City 500
Redemption is a sweet-pickle if you have to wait and Kyle Busch achieved Sunday what he failed to do last year at the Bristol Motor Speedway by driving his No. 18 Toyota with skill and precision for 378 laps and taking the checkered flag in the Food City 500 for his second victory lap of the 2009 NASCAR Cup Series. Winning by a .391 second difference in an extended race that took 503 laps to complete, Kyle had to out-race Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin to a green-white-checkered flag to take his 14th Cup Series win and his 10th win for Joe Gibbs Racing since signing up at the beginning of 2008. Hamlin did have his chance; he started second after a restart on Lap 502, but just couldn’t manage to catch Busch in a short run to the checkered flag, which turned out to be the difference in the race.
Jimmie Johnson had one of his best days at the Bristol Motor Speedway by finishing third in his Toyota in a tough field and matching his best result (August 2004) in the NASCAR’s Cup Series. Points leader Jeff Gordon kept the pressure on the other drivers by increasing his points lead with a fourth place finish in his recognizable Chevrolet, while the fifth place-spot was taken by Kasey Kahne, who took his second career top five finish at Bristol with a smile.
The pole position didn’t turn out to be lucky for Mark Martin who ran pretty well for a majority of the race in his Chevrolet, but he finished sixth after a tough day jockeying around the track. Ryan Newman, Jeff Burton, Juan Montoya finished 7th, 8th, and 9th respectively, while 10th place finisher Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top ten position in this-years Food City 500 with his first top-ten finish on an oval race track.
This marks the second year in a row that Kurt and Kyle Busch have combined to win three consecutive races in the NASCAR Cup Series; Kurt won in Atlanta, Kyle at Las Vegas and now Bristol.